Rallye Raid Citroen ZX

1995 Citroen ZX Rallye Raid Evo 5

Offered by Aguttes | Sochaux, France | October 23, 2022

Photo – Aguttes

A rally raid is a long-distance off-road race that lasts for days on end. Think the Paris-Dakar Rally, for starters. It’s something Europeans like to compete in. The French seemingly especially so. Citroen actually won the Rally Raid constructor’s championship from 1993-1997 before withdrawing from the sport. They won the Paris-Dakar rally five times in the 1990s.

The ZX was a small car built by Citroen between 1991 and 1998 as either a four-door sedan, a wagon, or a hatchback. This Rallye Raid Evo 5 has pretty much nothing in common with that car aside from the name. It’s a purpose-built off-road race car. The first ZX Rallye Raid debuted in 1990. They were powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-four mounted behind the driver and good for 330 horsepower.

The Evo 5 was built for the 1995 season and featured suspension refinements over earlier cars and also was outfitted with four (!) spare tires. This example is one of five Evo 5 examples produced, but it actually started out as a 1993 Evo 2. It’s competition history includes:

  • 1993 Rally Atlas – 4th (with Pierre Lartigue and Michel Perin), as Evo 2
  • 1993 Rallye de Pharoans – 1st (with Lartigue and Perin), as Evo 2
  • 1994 Paris-Dakar Rally – 2nd (with Hubert Auriol and Gilles Picard), as Evo 3
  • 1994 Rally Atlas – 1st (with Lartigue and Perin), as Evo 3

This was actually the prototype for the Evo 5, so it never competed as such, although the four Evo 5s that followed won every race they entered.

This is a pretty cool opportunity to acquire a type of car that rarely changes hands – and directly from the manufacturer. It has a pre-sale estimate of $195,000-$292,000. Click here for more info.

Update: Sold $456,107.